Hosted by the Sikeston Depot, the holiday tour includes the homes of Pete and Amy Burns, 813 Ladue; Herb and Sue Schuerenburg, 14 Oak Meadows; Larry James, 615 Thornwood; Brad and Courtney Bedell, 123 Greenbrier; and the Sikeston Depot, where refreshments will be served. Guests may start wherever they wish.
"It's been at least 18 years since we've had a Christmas home tour here in Sikeston," said LaDonna DeKriek, organizer of the event. "I decided to do it primarily because of the fact that it hasn't been done for years and they're successful in a lot of other towns. We have a lot of interesting homes in this town that have beautiful Christmas decorations and I thought it would make a good fund raiser."
The money raised from the home tours will go toward expenses for the Depot, including renovating the front of the building.
Each of the homes will carry a different theme, such as the Burns home which will feature their popular Snow Village and North Pole.
"It has been a long time since Sikeston has had a Christmas tour of homes. We really enjoyed going, then all at once it seems like they quit," recalled Mrs. Burns. "Now I'm right in the middle of it," she laughed.
"We have a Snow Village, the North Pole and the Little Town of Bethlehem with Fontanini pieces. I collect Santa Clauses as well. I think it will be kind of nice to have our home on the tour and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do."
Schuerenburg said his wife is especially excited about the upcoming event. "She's really looking forward to it, she feels honored," he said. "I'm glad to see them bring the Christmas Home Tours back, it's something we really enjoyed going to when they had it years ago."
Trying not to reveal too much ahead of time, Connie Lambert said those who make their way to Larry James' home will be surprised at what they find. "It will be very fun, something different. I'm excited about this, I always loved the Christmas home tours we had years ago," said Lambert, who's in charge of decorating James' home.
Although Mrs. Bedell said she was surprised at being asked to be part of the tour, she said she is looking forward to it. "I like to decorate for Christmas," she said. "I use a lot of the natural looks, the feathers and the pine cones and those kind of things. I have a lot of thoughts right now, I've been looking for certain things but as far as putting decorations up I haven't quite done that yet. I have two little ones at home so it will be that weekend."I think this is a great idea, a great way to raise money and a great way for people to get ideas about different ways people decorate their homes."
DeKriek said she hopes everyone locally and in the area schedules time to come to the event, adding they won't be disappointed.
"You'll get some great ideas for decorating and it should put you in a festive spirit because it will be really the first project for Christmas since it's the second day of December," said DeKriek. "It also will give you some insight into the architecture of a lot of these new homes. There's every style of house here, from houses that were built in the '60s to houses that were built in the late '90s. Not only that, I wanted to represent different areas in Sikeston. I felt that's really important because there are beautiful homes all over Sikeston."
The $10 tickets are available at the Sikeston Depot or the Chamber of Commerce Office. Individuals who would prefer may send a check and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Christmas Tours, 102 Wickerwood, Sikeston, 63801 and the tickets will be mailed to them.